Hosts Sixth Annual Palm Beach Wine Auction
The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts hosted the sixth annual Palm Beach Wine Auction on January 31, for the first time at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.
Around 200 friends and supporters attended this popular, sold-out event that has, since it was started, generated more than $1.6 million to support the Kravis Center’s award-winning education programs that have served more than 1.7 million children of all ages over the last 21 years.
“To further advance and broaden the scope of the educational experience of our youth is not just a cause, but an ongoing obligation,”
In collaboration with the James Beard Foundation, one of the highlights of this year’s event was the culinary participation of four celebrity chefs: the world-renowned, James Beard Foundation award-winning chef Larry Forgione, hailed as “the godfather of American cuisine” and named Chef of the Year by the Culinary Institute of America, and his three talented sons: Iron Chef Marc Forgione, winner of the third season of The Next Iron Chef and Star Chef’s Rising Star of the Year in 2010; Bryan Forgione, the Executive Chef of Society Café at Encore Las Vegas; and Sean Forgione, apprentice to Chef Larry Forgione at the Conservatory of American Food Studies and Farm to Table Studies at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.
The Forgiones were hosted by Mar-a-Lago’s Executive Chef Aaron Fuller and his culinary team: Executive Pastry Chef Graham Randall, Chef Xavier Santiago and Banquet Sous Chef Sarah Dingle. Representing the James Beard Foundation at the event were Yvonne Ros, Director of Sponsorship and Special Events, and Julie Marshall, Director of Events and Marketing.
Also attending the Palm Beach Wine Auction and the exclusive Vintner’s Dinner at Tiffany’s the night before were Margareth Henriquez, President and CEO of the House of Krug, Patrick Sullivan, Winemaker for Rudd Winery; Ed Snider, owner of Beau Vigne; and Alex Gambal, an expert in Burgundy and the creator of Maison Alex Gambal.
The evening began with a reception around the Mar-a-Lago pool that featured a foie gras and caviar station, followed by an elegant five-course dinner where each course was perfectly paired with specially selected wines from around the world.
“Once again, everyone raved about the incomparable food and wine,” said Judith Mitchell, Kravis Center CEO. “The atmosphere and décor were exquisite, and the wine auction was highly charged with many excited bidders. This is precisely what true wine connoisseurs expect a world-class auction to be. Ted and his committee did an outstanding job again this year.”
Just before the auction started, Mark Stevens of PNC Wealth Management thanked everyone for attending the elegant event. He was followed by Emmy-winning dancer/photographer Steven Caras, who gave a short presentation about the cultural contribution made by the Kravis Center’s education programs and the critical role that the annual Palm Beach Wine Auction plays in funding these valuable programs.
The auction of 37 impressive lots was once again under the direction of Michael Troise, the retired Auction Director for NY Wines/Christie’
The Premier Grand Cru sponsor for the annual Palm Beach Wine Auction was PNC Wealth Management, with Patrick M. Park as the Grand Cru sponsor, also serving as Grand Cru Ambassador.
The Premier Cru sponsors were Marjorie Fink, Madeline and Roderic Fink, Chris N. Kritikos, and Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein.
Private Reserve Sponsors included Braman Motorcars, Inc., Stuart and Sharyn Frankel, Barbara and Jerome Golden, Steven M. Gottlieb and Laurie Raber-Gottlieb, Mark and Stacey Levy, Craig and Rochelle Menin, Menin Development, Inc, Jane M. Mitchell and Lewis M. Schott. Plus Grand Négociant was Tiffany & Co.
(All IDs are L-R – Photos by Corby Kaye’s Studio Palm Beach)
1. Ted Mandes, Larry Forgione, Patrick Park